West and Bruce MacEwen of Adam Smith Esq. to Offer Economic Insights on Legal Industry Market Conditions

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Quarterly webinars to review Peer Monitor Economic Index and key industry trends.

As law firms continue to evolve into more sophisticated global organizations, the need for strategic insight for law firm management grows as well

West and Bruce MacEwen, founder and publisher of Adam Smith Esq., today announced they will provide analysis of legal industry economic conditions utilizing key market intelligence sources from West, including the Peer Monitor Economic Index (PMI). Plans include quarterly webinars on West LegalEdcenter reporting on PMI results and economic conditions in the law firm market, with commentary from MacEwen and law firm managing partners. West is part of Thomson Reuters.

MacEwen is a lawyer, leading industry consultant to law firms, and highly acclaimed commentator on law firm economics. His Web site and blog, Adam Smith, Esq. (http://www.adamsmithesq.com/blog), is a leading source of progressive critical thinking about law firm strategy and economic issues. PMI is the first-of-its-kind, real-time index of law firm market performance, and the combined market insights of PMI and MacEwen shed new light on the trends and issues that are being closely watched during today's volatile economic conditions. The webinars will begin in the fourth quarter of 2008 and will be hosted on West LegalEdcenter (http://www.westlegaledcenter.com), the premier online service for continuing legal education and other legal education programs.

"As law firms continue to evolve into more sophisticated global organizations, the need for strategic insight for law firm management grows as well," said MacEwen. "I'm looking forward to incorporating the rich data that Peer Monitor Index provides into our quarterly online seminars to give strategy and analysis that are backed by timely, comprehensive information from the law firm markets."

"Information is power when it's applied," said Preston McKenzie, vice president, Business of Law, West. "Bruce MacEwen is one of the preeminent analysts and strategists in the legal profession. Our webinars extend the information contained in Peer Monitor Index along with Bruce's analysis to a forum where law firm managing partners and CEOs can derive practical, actionable strategies for dealing with ever-changing market conditions, including law firm hiring, compensation and mergers."

"We¹re excited to offer the Adam Smith Esq. and PMI webinars," said Lee Ann Enquist, vice president, Professional Development, West LegalEdcenter. "They reflect the outstanding and timely online legal education content that is at the core of our mission. Everyone who's involved in managing a practice - from large law firms and corporations to solo practitioners, will benefit from the timely insight and analysis that these webinars offer."

The latest edition of Peer Monitor Index can be found at https://peermonitor.thomson.com

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Headquartered in Eagan, Minn., West is the foremost provider of integrated information solutions, software and services to the U.S. legal market. West is part of Thomson Reuters. For more information, please visit the West Web site at west.thomson.com.

About Thomson Reuters
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